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Collect device location information

Last updated April 3rd, 2024

You can collect location data from devices on a regular basis.

The time in the collected location data is based on the device time. It may vary depending on the time and time zone of the device.

To set the location collection policy for Android Enterprise and Android Legacy devices:

  1. Go to Profile.

  2. On the Profile page, click the name of the profile to configure the policy for.

  3. On the Profile Details page, click Modify Policy.

  4. On the Set Policy page, set the following under the Location policy of each platform.

  5. Select an option for Location Settings to specify whether device users can enable or disable location on their device and if user consent is required:

    • Allow user to configure — Device users can enable or disable location settings
    • Allow user to configure and prompt for location accuracy — Device users can enable or disable location settings and must provide consent before location data is collected
    • Force on — Turns on the location setting on devices
    • Force off — Turns off the location setting on devices


    This policy holds a higher priority than the Collect current location command. That is, when this policy is set to N/A, either the device command is sent or location data is not collected.

  6. Specify a Device Location Collection method:

    • Automatic — Collect device location data without user consent. This option is available for a fully-managed device.
    • Upon user consent — Location data is collected after user consent.
      • For fully-managed devices, location data is collected after device user provides consent when prompted
      • For devices with work profile, location data is collected only if the device user turns on the location settings on the device
  7. Specify Time Between Location Collection to set the frequency of data collection. Values are 30 mins, 1 hour, 2 hours, 4 hours, 12 hours, and 24 hours.

  8. Click Save.

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